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A female version of Maizuru (Onna Maizuru)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)


The subject matter here has not been satisfactorily identified to conclusively describe the depicted scene, and the title remains enigmatic. The woman in the background on the far left is using wooden clappers that are normally used in Noh and Kabuki performances, indicating that a dance is being performed.

The linework used to capture the lovely faces and varied poses is strong yet supple, possessing a tensile quality that both defines and adds volume to the forms. The gorgeous costumes contribute a rich pageantry to the scene.

Purchased for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1931.

Object Information

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)
creation date
about 1847-1852
color woodblock print, ink on paper
mark descriptions
Artist's signaure: Ichiryūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher's mark: Fujioka-ya Keijirō (Shōrindō)
Censor's seal: Kunigasa and Yoshimura
accession number
credit line
Daniel P. Erwin Fund
Public Domain
Asian Art

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